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On the Move

Adding that Floral Touch


Floral Touch owner Nancy Nelson has been in business more than 20 years in Valley Junction. But she’s moved Floral Touch, a one-stop shop for silk flower arrangements, to Clive at 8421 University Blvd., Suite L. Nelson cut the ribbon at her new location during an April 17 open house. It will continue to provide the same services and products it always has, she said, including Floral Touch’s popular custom floral bouquets. Contact Floral Touch at 279-5462, or visit


No joke, comedy club officially opens in WDM

Last Laugh Comedy Theater cut the ribbon last week, and the Chicago-style improv comedy club is officially open, showcasing the best crop of local comedians. The Last Laugh Comedy Theater will feature all local improv, stand-up and sketch comedy Wednesdays through Saturdays, as well as comedy classes during the week, ranging in price from free (Wednesday nights at 8) and $14 (Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.), 1701 25th St., West Des Moines. Call 943-9343 for details.


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Breaking ground for Artisan Row

Hubbell Realty Company is breaking ground on Artisan Row, a new for-sale rowhome community downtown. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the corner of 17th Street and Grand Avenue.


Mmmmmore Menchie’s, please

Altoona is now home to a famed yogurt chain with the addition of Menchie’s Altoona Crossing, which will be officially open for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 25, at 3418 8th St. S.W., Suite 1, from 11:45 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be served.


Let beauty go to your Headly & Crawford Salon and Spa

Recently opened in Urbandale, this Lanza Concept Salon and Dermalogica Concept Spa offers services in everything for hair and nails as well as massage therapy and skin care in a relaxing, small salon manned by three industry experts. That means each visit is more one-on-one and intimate. Stop in at 2659 100th St. or call 954-5010. Check out for all the details.


DMPS admin office vies for Iowa Lotto location

Des Moines Public Schools has made an offer of $1.6 million to purchase the current headquarters of the Iowa Lottery, located at 2323 Grand Ave., to serve as the administrative offices for the school district. If both the School Board and the Iowa Lottery Authority Board can come to an agreement, the move will allow the Walnut Street School to expand in its current location, an upgrade of mechanical systems and a remodel of additional classroom space as well as save taxpayers about $80,000 year in parking for employees. The purchase will be considered by the School Board at the May 20 meeting.


Interested in the carwash industry?

Anyone who has ever thought about owning or operating a carwash or who already do might want to pencil-in the 31st Annual Heartland Carwash Association Product and Equipment Industry Trade Show into the calendar, April 29 and 30. The tradeshow offers 60 exhibitors with the latest equipment, highlights industry trends and fosters a network with industry professionals. This event takes over the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. The HCA Product Show is open to the public and entrance admissions start at $25. For more details, call 224-6845, or visit


Downtown Farmers Market opens for 39th season

Every Saturday, rain or shine, from May 3 to Oct. 25, spanning nine city blocks in the Historic Court District, from 7 a.m.–noon. The Downtown Farmers Market returns is adding 50 new vendors this year to its traditional lineup of 300 local entrepreneurs, farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, wine, flowers, bedding plants, breads, pastries, nuts and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan lunch and breakfast food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment, and offers learning opportunities and special programming. The Winter Market will be held in Capital Square/Nollen Plaza on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 12-13, featuring 125 vendors, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. CV

On the Move is a new weekly column in Cityview announcing Des Moines area neighborhood changes, including businesses opening, closing, expanding or moving. Submit such announcements to be featured in On the Move to Amber Williams by Monday at 8 a.m. to be included in that week’s issue. Email to, or call 953-4822, ext. 320.

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